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  Elfin MS8 Streamliner

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Country of origin:Australia
Produced in:2004
Introduced at:2004 Melbourne Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionHolden showcased its design capability and powertrain prowess at the 2004 Melbourne International Motor Show today with two retro-cool V8 race performers created in collaboration with the Elfin all-Australian sports car marque. These low-slung racers are an open wheeler track machine and a smooth-bodied Le Mans style roadster, which Elfin intends to call the Clubman and the Streamliner. They are hand-built specials which are thoroughly modern interpretations of an earlier motorsport era.

The Clubman MS8 track racer and roadgoing Streamliner MS8 show cars boast full design treatment by Holden and the performance of the Gen III 5.7 litre V8 powertrain, while sports chassis design and construction is by the Elfin Sports Car company. Aimed squarely at the weekend club racer and historic vehicle enthusiast market, the V8 roadsters will be hand-built to order by Elfin with production expected to begin later this year.

A smart, modular-style interior common to both cars provides the necessary basic comforts in minimalist fashion. Exposed interior surfaces are body-coloured throughout, highlighting the naked silver frame and accentuating the cars' open-top nature. The customary low-backed bucket racing seats, trimmed in black leather, are fitted with four-point racing harnesses. The park brake and grab handle are also leather-trimmed; while the back panel is finished in quilted suede.

Tachometer and speedometer are prominent on the instrument cluster, which includes a programmable shift light. Gauges are silver-faced on the Streamliner, black on the Clubman; both are surrounded by satin silver bezels. Fuel, oil pressure and water gauges on the centre panel are flanked by heater vents with aircraft-style sliding levers, the console houses the ignition button and traction control switch, and the gearshift knob is machined alloy with an Elfin logo.

The Elfin prototype vehicles on display at the 2004 Melbourne International Motor Show are the result of collaboration between Elfin Sports Cars Pty Ltd and Holden Ltd. Elfin intends to call the open-wheel track racer the MS8 Clubman and the enclosed body roadster the MS8 Streamliner. MS8 Series Elfins are equipped with Holden powertrains - Gen III 5.7litre V8 engine, six speed manual transmission, 'V' car limited slip differential, ABS braking system, traction control and associated controls and sensors.

Elfin Sports Cars will take all enquiries and orders from prospective buyers and is to build the vehicles at its production facility in Murrumbeena, Victoria. Elfin owns the intellectual property rights to the vehicles and will manage all sales, marketing and warranty issues.

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